Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

 
 
Rotary District 5750 supports the great work of 35 active community-based clubs with nearly 2,000 Rotarians.  In addition to our clubs’ amazing and impactful work, our District also promotes incredible programs that enrich lives near and far. To find out more, check out www.rotary.org to find a club near you or peruse our club directory in the menu above to visit your nearest club this week!
DISTRICT 5750 NEWS

 
 
Greetings Rotarians, 
 
I am still riding the Rotary wave from such a successful District Assembly on Saturday, August 27th. I am so impressed with the dedication and enthusiasm of our leadership. Many thanks to our District leaders for stepping up and presenting. I loved hearing the club presidents in my breakout session who rightfully bragged on their members and all the wonderful service projects being done in District 5750. 
 
I have had the privilege of attending Ponca City, Woodward, Enid, West OKC, South OKC, Clinton, Edmond, and East Oklahoma County, Edmond Summit, Woodward, and Kingfisher clubs plus a Bricktown social. I am scheduled for Edmond on October 5, Midtown on October 17, and Oklahoma City Club 29 on January 31. 
 
My Rotary word for this month is ENGAGEMENT! Engage all members at the level they are most comfortable. Remember, one size does not fit all. There is room for everyone at our fellowship table so make that room. For example, as an asthmatic, I can not do outdoor work, but I can serve donuts, treats, coffee, and tea or run errands for those Rotarians who can do outdoor work. I also can write thank you notes and help plan activities. Please find a place for all ages and talents to help. Find a place for Rotarians that want to serve to be able to serve.
 
We are off to a great start and let’s keep the enthusiasm and motivation going and be kind to each other.
 
Deena Fisher
District Governor 2022-2023
 
 
 

Jack L. Werner is a forty-plus-year member of South Oklahoma City Rotary.  He has served the club in nearly every capacity   Jack and his daughter Lynn are both Paul Harris Fellows.  Through  Rotary, he works to help those with disabilities. He is currently working to raise funds for a ropes course for disabled children at the RYLA youth camp and is working with SOKC Rotary to sponsor a 5K Run to raise funds for Mobility Worldwide that furnishes mobility devices for disabled people in underdeveloped countries.  ShelterBox is also one of Jack’s passions for service through Rotary’s participation.  He serves as the district representative for ShelterBox.  

Jack Owns A to Z Inspections, a large commercial and residential inspection company in Oklahoma City. He is a forty-plus-year member of the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.  A certified accessibility inspector, Jack provides inspections and advice to help achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act   He was awarded the OKC Mayor’s Clearing the Path Award for his work toward accessibility.  The NAHB named him the national Instructor of the Year for his work teaching classes to help builders and others apply accessibility standards. Through his business career, Jack enjoys opportunities to mentor and help people lead a well-rounded life, always including an invitation to join Rotary!  

Jack served with the United States Army, December 1, 1966 – December 1, 1970; Russian linguist, 4th Infantry Division, K Co., 75th Airborne Rangers, two tours in Vietnam.

Jack enjoys sharing his life with his partner, Suzanne, and his four adult children and six grandchildren.

As an organization dedicated to peace, Rotarians around the world have rallied to support the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the millions of refugees affected and District 5750 is among those searching for ways to help. 
 
In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis, The Rotary Foundation has created an official channel for donors around the world to contribute funds to support the relief efforts underway by Rotary districts and has designated its Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for contributions. Through this channel, our District 5750 Governors and Foundation team have contributed $25,000 of District Designated Funds to the response fund established. 
 
Learn more about The Rotary Foundation's Disaster Response Fund here: https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-foundation-creates-channel-direct-humanitarian-support-ukraine-region
 
Rotary is all about connecting with others to serve our communities – and Global Grants let us do that on a worldwide scale!
 
We’ve all learned new lessons about the importance of connections during the past months of the pandemic. From quarantines and lockdowns to Zoom calls and new styles of gathering, our world has both expanded and contracted in surprising ways. Throughout, our Rotary networks have shown their value as we continue to engage in the world.
 
Connect with Rotarians
Join with Club 29 as we build on these networks through three new Global Grants. All are in the beginning stages and in need of your leadership, ideas, and support.
  • Uganda Malaria Elimination Initiative Phase I: Develop the public health infrastructure to eliminate malaria in eastern Uganda by training and equipping community health workers, establishing data collection systems, and expanding public education, testing and treatment of malaria. Malaria Partners International, World Vision and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partners in this program building on the success of Rotary’s first Program of Scale.
  • Healthy Start Guatemala Phase 2: Support holistic village development in a rural area of central Guatemala by developing smallholder agriculture and animal husbandry, a network of community health promoters, and women-owned small businesses. 
  • Water Systems Upgrade for La’angum Learning Center, Ghana: Increase the quantity and quality of water for drinking, washing and cleaning for students and staff of the La’angum School by building water capture and storage facilities. The school, located in rural northeast Ghana, is run by PAMBE Ghana which has close ties to Oklahoma.
 
From agriculture in Central America to public health in Uganda to water programs in West Africa, your talents and interests are needed to benefit specific projects that have impact. Each of these Global Grants has a network of Rotarians and implementing partners that will value your participation.
 
Take the First Step
  1. Learn more about these Global Grant projects by contacting Steve Shepelwich at shepelwich@gmail.com. You will be connected to the Rotarians leading each project.
  2. Schedule presentations about the projects of interest for your club meeting and World Service Committee members.
  3. Share this article with your club president, World Service Committee members, and fellow Rotarians.
 
Please contact Steve Shepelwich, Club 29 World Service Committee Chair, at shepelwich@gmail.com for more information about ways you and your club can partner with these Global Grants.
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